I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16 (NIV).
My 26 year old grandson, Zechariah, approaches acting with a seriously perfectionistic attitude.
On a recent opening night, his mother and I had a hard time watching him moving around on stage in a dinner jacket that was two times too big. We were convinced that a larger actor had traded jackets.
Zechariah chose to ignore the issue. He was shrewd enough to know that the goal was to provide an excellent performance. For that to happen there needed to be peace among cast members so they could act and sing in harmony.
I was reminded of Christ's command to be shrewd yet innocent.
Jesus walked the Earth in guileless innocence yet He held the future in the palm of His hands. He gently answered detractors with a shrewdness that left them speechless.
Our Lord sends us into the world to witness as His disciples with a warning and directions. He warns us to be aware of the evil wolfish attitudes we will encounter. He directs us to be as shrewd as He was when employing the wisdom of scripture.
He is our model.
Our goal--to successfully bring others to salvation in Jesus Christ.
Lord, as we go into the world to witness help us to keep our eyes on the prize by being gentle but knowledgeable...innocent but shrewd and always aware of the goal.
(C) Christy Struben